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sunday night surf-n-shop: bath treads

What am I shopping for tonight? No-slip bathtub appliques. My toddler has gotten into the habit of standing in the tub — throughout her entire bath — and walking back and forth while chasing tub crayons, squirt balls, swimming Elmo, stacking cups and more. To prevent once and future wipeouts, I’ve decided to finally break down and buy some non-stick treads. Why have I been avoiding this? For the most part, it’s an ugly market. In a simply white bathroom, I want something for practicality’s sake and I don’t want it to be overly kidded-out, as adults share the room. Here are my top contenders:

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These cool dots are from instantliving.com ($10). And while ironic decor isn’t my taste, they do have a good selection of kitschy styles, too (read: Playboy bunnies & mud-flap girls). See more of my picks on the next page. (more…)

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Handy suggestions from Fix-It Girl Arianne Cohen
My mother always keeps her house at 55 degrees — something about arthritis and lack of household germ growth. Her house is so chilly that when I’m there I walk around in my coat, often with gloves, frequently cursing. During my visit a couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of plugging in a space heater, only to blow a fuse, and spend two hours in the even colder garage, trying to decipher which fuse attached to my room. My mother’s well-labeled fusebox, she explained, “may be wrong.” Yes, the labels were wrong, and we removed and replaced fifteen fuses to find the right one. I again suggested that she read her daughter’s book, which recommends the following:

The Art of Labeling
Say you have a water leak and you’re not sure when it started, or where it’s coming from. Wouldn’t it be dandy if you knew exactly where the main water shut-off was, and could simply go turn it in the direction the label says? Or, better yet, you could find the water shutoff for only that floor of the house? To prevent home break disasters, your main strategy is to be annoyingly meticulous before something breaks, and label everything. The labels are not only for you: they are for your housesitter, or your dogwalker during vacation, or your spacey roommate who needs a clue. Click through to the next page to learn what to tag around your house. (more…)

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arianne's household tips

housecleaning.gif
Handy suggestions from Fix-It Girl Arianne Cohen
My mother always keeps her house at 55 degrees — something about arthritis and lack of household germ growth. Her house is so chilly that when I’m there I walk around in my coat, often with gloves, frequently cursing. During my visit a couple of weeks ago, I made the mistake of plugging in a space heater, only to blow a fuse, and spend two hours in the even colder garage, trying to decipher which fuse attached to my room. My mother’s well-labeled fusebox, she explained, “may be wrong.” Yes, the labels were wrong, and we removed and replaced fifteen fuses to find the right one. I again suggested that she read her daughter’s book, which recommends the following:

The Art of Labeling
Say you have a water leak and you’re not sure when it started, or where it’s coming from. Wouldn’t it be dandy if you knew exactly where the main water shut-off was, and could simply go turn it in the direction the label says? Or, better yet, you could find the water shutoff for only that floor of the house? To prevent home break disasters, your main strategy is to be annoyingly meticulous before something breaks, and label everything. The labels are not only for you: they are for your housesitter, or your dogwalker during vacation, or your spacey roommate who needs a clue. Click through to the next page to learn what to tag around your house. (more…)

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